Local Hero

Local Hero

Director: Bill Forsyth Cast: Peter Riegert, Burt Lancaster, Fulton Mackay

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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Bill Forsyth's whimsical tale of sweet-natured corporate rapacity features standout performances by Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. Lancaster plays Texas billionaire Felix Happer, who would rather gaze at the stars than worry about his multi-national oil company. Happer dispatches Mac MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) and Danny Oldsen (Peter Capaldi) to the small Scottish fishing village of Ferness to negotiate buying the entire town so Happer can drill for oil in the North Sea. Much to Mac's surprise, the entire town is happy to sell itself for big money, and the local innkeeper, Gordon Urquhart (Denis Lawson) -- who is also the town's accountant and mayor -- works with Mac on the negotiations. But a wrinkle appears in the deal when Ben Knox (Fulton Mackay), an old man who lives in a shack on the beach which has been owned by his family for centuries, refuses to sell. His reasons? "Who'd look after the beach then? It would go to pieces in a short manner of time." The deal stalls so seriously that Happer travels to Ferness to oversee negotiations as Mac and Danny are seduced by the charm of the Scottish town.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2019
UPC: 0715515234610
Original Release: 1983
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 41

Special Features

New 2k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2018 featuring Director Bill Forsyth and film critic Mark Kermode; New conversation between Forsyth and film critic David Cairns; Shooting from the Heart, a 1985 documentary about the work of Cinematographer Chris Menges; Episode of The Smith Bank Show from 1983 about the production of the film; The Making of "Local Hero," a documentary made during the film's production, featuring interviews with actors Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster; I Thought Maybe I'd Get to Meet Alan Whicker, a 1983 interview with Forsyth; Trailer; Plus: An essay by film scholar Jonathan Murray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Riegert Maclntyre
Burt Lancaster Felix Happer
Fulton Mackay Ben
Denis Lawson Gordon Urquhart
Norman Chancer Moritz
Peter Capaldi Danny Oldsen
Jenny Seagrove Marina
Alex Norton Watt
Rikki Fulton Geddes
Jennifer Black Stella
Christopher Rozycki Victor
Christopher Asante Rev. Macpherson
Dave Anderson Fraser
Caroline Guthrie Pauline
Kenny Ireland Skipper
Ray Jeffries Andrew
Harlan Jordan Fountain
James Kennedy Edward
Buddy Quaid Crabbe
John Gordon Sinclair Ricky
Sandra Voe Mrs. Fraser
Jimmy Yuill Iain
Charles Kearney Peter
David Mowat Gideon
Ian Stewart Bulloch
Willie Joss Sandy
John M. Jackson Cal
Tam Dean Burn Roddy

Technical Credits
Bill Forsyth Director,Screenwriter
Adrienne Atkinson Art Director,Production Designer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Michael Bradsell Editor
Richard James Art Director,Production Designer
Mark Knopfler Score Composer
Louis Kramer Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
David Puttnam Producer
Iain Smith Associate Producer
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Frank Walsh Art Director,Production Designer

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Local Hero 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This small movie with a cult following sufficient to get it shown on cable a couple of times a year, is definitely one to own. You need it close by so that you can use it when you need a break from the rat race. And, every time you watch it, something new turns up. It never gets old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Local Hero" is one of those rare movies you want to see again and again. It's charming and funny and sweet and a little sad with wonderful characters and some great lines. Only a subplot about Burt Lancaster's Texas oil executive hiring a therapist to verbally abuse him falls flat and feels dated. Plus, there's the terrific soundtrack by former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not just a story about a businessman coming to a small village in Scotland to buy land. This is a story about a man so consumed with money and privilege he has lost all sense of what is important in life. This is a story about the simply things in life and how they are the real treasure we all seek. This is a story about redemption and the rediscovery of innocence
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
LOCAL HERO is one of those movies you have to watch again and again when life gets you down or you need to restore your faith in human nature. The music from the film by MARK KNOFFLER of DIRE STRAITS is equally restorative. The movie now has a cult following. Misty-eyed,like-minded individuals from around the world who percieved the hidden spiritual message,trek to Scotland in search of the Holy grail - a RED GPO TELEPHONE BOX. See you there?